Just added to our online store…

KNITTER’S PRIDE MARBLZ INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE SET

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Acrylic is skillfully hand-mixed to produce unique colors and patterns making each needle tip in the KNITTER’S PRIDE MARBLZ INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE SET a work of art. Marblz are lightweight and smooth yet exceptionally strong and durable. The needles boast pointy tips, smooth joins, and a comfortable surface that provides just the right amount of ‘grab’ to allow for easy handling of slippery yarns.

Presented in an attractive black and white faux leather case with transparent vinyl which shows off the beauty of these needles, the set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in sizes US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm).

Set also includes 4 Cords (to make 24″, 40″ & 2 of 32″), 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, and 1 set of cord connectors.

Re-stocked: Drops Cloud

A runaway favourite store sample among customers this winter has been the Seafaring Scarf by Purl Soho knit with Drops Cloud – a soft and squishy “blow yarn” made from baby alpaca and cozy merino wool. Instead of being spun, the fibres of alpaca and merino in this yarn are air blown into a tube making garments and accessories knit with it about 30-35% lighter than those of comparable thickness. A perfect choice for this plush, oversized scarf.

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Click here to view additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Pattern is available for free from Purl Soho and requires 6 balls of Drops Cloud to complete.

Shop Drops Cloud now in our online store.

We’ve only restocked black, off-white, and the two greys at this point as these are far and away the most popular choices for the scarf. The photos below are from the distributor and, unfortunately, are not perfect representations of the colours but, you get the idea. The sample above is shown in Pearl Grey.

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–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Quince & Co. Yarns

This week brought new inventory of all Quince & Co. yarns carried in store! From cold-weather favourites like Osprey, Lark, and Owl to warm weather linens, Sparrow and Kestrel, we’re all stocked up.


CHICKADEE

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“Three-ply Chickadee is a well-rounded, bouncy, and elastic sport weight. Although smooth, tidy, and refined in the skein, it makes a fabric with even stitches, drape, softness, and a hint of halo to smooth things out. Use this yarn when you want etched textures, clean-cut cables, and crisp colorwork patterns. Try it in breezy cardigans when you want fluid drape or in cozy accessories that are comfortable next to your skin. Chickadee knits up on size US 3 to 7 needles [3.25 to 4.5mm], depending on what you’re looking for. It’s the perfect all around, sport weight yarn.”

100% American Wool
181 yds [166 m] / 50g
6.5 sts /inch on size US 3 needles
6 sts / inch on size US 5 needles

Shop Chickadee and Chickadee Heathers in our online store.


TERN

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“In little Tern, we’ve blended wool and silk for a smooth, defined fingering yarn. We love how the silk fibers lend drape and a slight sheen to knitted fabric. And we especially appreciate the faded colorways which result from the different ways that silk and wool absorb dye.  Use Tern in socks; its silk component has great tensile strength and the wool therein contributes elasticity and warmth. Use the yarn in open, swingy cardigans; you won’t believe the drape. Use it for mitts and hats and anything you want next to the skin. Tern is great year round; it’s warm and pretty in winter, but light and flowing worked into a summer card.”

75% American Wool, 25% Silk
221 yd [202 m] / 50g
9 sts /inch on size US 1 needles
7 sts / inch on size US 3 needles

Shop Tern in our online store.


LARK

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“Lark is the perfect, classic worsted weight yarn. Its four plump plies are twisted just enough to ensure durability, without any loss of loft and drape. The yarn is round, soft, and well-balanced for smooth, even stitches. Lark’s traditional plied structure shows off texture stitches and cables brilliantly. And it’s great for well-defined colorwork patterns, too. Its subtle halo invites caresses. Beware. Lark is versatile: Knit it on size US 6 [4mm] needles for a windproof mitten and on size US 8’s [5mm], or even 9’s [5.5mm], for a drapey, open cardigan.”

100% American Wool
134 yds [123 m] / 50g
5 sts /inch on size US 6 needles
4.5 sts / inch on size US 8 needles

Shop Lark and Lark Heathers in our online store.


OSPREY

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“Osprey is an Aran weight yarn made from three plies of superfine American merino. The plies are gently twisted together for a cushy yarn with good bounce. Osprey reigns in stockinette and garter; its relaxed plies round and fill out the stitches. And it’s beautiful in texture and color patterns, making them bold and eye-catching. Osprey knits up handily on size US 10 and 10 ½ [6 and 6.5mm] needles into garments wooly and soft. It’s perfect in pullovers and cozy cardigans, hats and mitts and anything you’d like to wear close to the skin.”

100% Wool
170 yds [155 m] / 100g
4 sts /inch on size US 9 needles
3.5 sts / inch on size US 11 needles

Shop Osprey and Osprey Heathers in our online store.


Owl

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“Owl is a pliant two-ply, woolen spun light worsted weight yarn – a blend of American wool and alpaca.  Why woolen spun? Because alpaca is a hollow fiber and the best way to preserve its loft and buoyancy is to keep a lot of air in its structure. Squishy and plump, Owl knits up between 4 ½ to 5 stitches per inch, the perfect weight for just about everything. Because it blooms after washing, you can work Owl on US 8 and 9 needles [5 and 5.5mm]. The round plies bloom to fill in your stitches and create a relaxed and drapey fabric with lots of pretty halo.”

50% Wool, 50% Alpaca
120 yds [110 m] / 50g
5 sts / inch on size US 6 [4 mm] needles
4.5 sts / inch on size US 7 [4.5 mm] needles

Shop Owl in our online store.


Sparrow

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“Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief-soft and drapey. It’s spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium. Knit Sparrow on a variety of needle sizes— from size US 2 to size 6 [2.75 to 4mm] —depending on the drape and feel you want in your project. The yarn is a natural in lace patterns, carving out the yarn overs, but it’s fluid, too, in simple stockinette. It’s great in tanks, shawls, and breezy cardigans, and lovely as can be in bags, wash cloths, and other home accessories.”

100% Organic Linen
168 yds [155 m] / 50g
6 sts /inch on size US 3 [3.25 mm] needles

Shop Sparrow in our online store.


Kestrel

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“Kestrel is spun from the same superlative organic linen fiber as Sparrow, but its structure and appearance couldn’t be more different. Kestrel is a ribbon yarn, a small knitted tube. It knits up super quick on US 10 [6mm] needles. We love it in plain stockinette stitch and simple silhouettes—the better to show off its texture and drape. When you want quick summer knitting in the lovely linen, use Kestrel.”

100% Organic Linen
76 yds [70 m] / 50g
4 sts / inch on size US 8 [5 mm] needles
3.5 sts / inch on size US 10.5 [6.5 mm] needles

Shop Kestrel in our online store.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Champagne Cowl

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(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

The Champagne Cowl by Chandi Agee is as beautiful and elegant as it is functional. The reversible texture pattern is easy to memorize and the larger needle size (5.5 mm) with DK weight yarn creates a lovely, comfortable drape. It can be worn multiple ways making it a versatile addition to your wardrobe and a great transition piece as the weather moves from frigid to spring-like.  Knit with solid or semi-solid yarn,  this cowl will add sophistication to your outfit but if you’re looking for something with a little more funk, why not try a variegated?

Easy and gorgeous.

This pattern is available as a free download from the designer’s website, Expression Fiber Arts.

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(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

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(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

– Melissa

New in store: Leizu DK from Julie Asselin!

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A lush blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk, Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK is supple and luminous with beautiful drape and excellent stitch definition. Now available at Espace Tricot in 35 stunning colourways!  Also available for ordering in our online store however we are still waiting on images from our photographer. In the meantime, please visit Julie Asselin’s website for colour reference.

Shop Leizu DK in our online store.

Project inspiration below…


Campside by Alicia Plummer

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(Photo: Alicia Plummer)


Laurie by Josée Paquin

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(Photo: UandIKnit)


Burke by Alicia Plummer

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(Photo: Alicia Plummer)


Back Home by Melissa Schaschwary

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(Photo: dandiliongirl)


Tambourine by Julia Farwell-Clay

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(Photo: danabarath)

–  Melissa

On the needles: Unicorn Stripes

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I know, I know – Stripes. In-the-round. Again. There’s just something so soothing to me about this combination.  Antonia Shankland’s Unicorn Stripes pattern has been on my project list since it was first released in September 2014. On the heels of finishing the Whirligig scarf, I was still in the mood for something purely meditative to balance the more challenging projects on (all) my other needles.  With all 30 Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails carefully stashed for almost a year, the time has come. I cast on last night and I can whole-heartedly confirm that this is a dream if you’re looking for a good project for TV and social knitting:-)

If you’d like to see the scarf in person, come on in to the store – one of our consultants has just finished knitting our store sample. It’s even more beautiful in person!

Purchase Unicorn Tails in our online store!

Note: Since publishing the original, Madelinetosh has replaced three of the colours called for in the pattern – Coquette has been replaced with Coquette-Deux, Purple Basil is replaced with Duchess, and Button Jar Blue is replaced with Glass Bottom Boat.

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(Photo: Madelinetosh)

–  Melissa

New Free Espace Tricot Pattern / Store Sample: Whirligig

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Whirligig is a light-hearted and whimsical scarf knit with alternating colours of Noro Taiyo yarn. Knit in the round as a long tube, “resting” yarns are carried up along the inside of the scarf so there are, miraculously, just a few ends to sew in at the end of all those stripes. The profusion of colour will soothe your eyes and brighten your mood on bleak winter days and the double-thickness fabric will keep you warm and toasty.

Please note, this is not an original pattern – various versions of tubular scarves abound on Ravelry. This is simply a summary of what we did to achieve this particular effect.

View additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Purchase yarn here!

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–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday x2! Siksak Hat + Mohawk Wool Sweatshirt

I missed posting a free pattern last Friday while I was on holiday so today you get two:-)


Siksak Hat

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I’ve committed to doing more colourwork this year and the lovely Siksak pattern by Hanna Leväniemi caught my eye on Ravelry this morning. The clean design satisfies my preference for minimalism while the doubled brim and slouchy style keep it casual and cozy. Designed to fit a medium to large adult head – hat circumference measures 50 cm (20 in).

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(Photos: Hanna Leväniemi)


Mohawl Wool Sweatshirt

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I love the modern shape and simple but effective details of the Mohawk Wool Sweatshirt pattern from Classic Elite Yarns!  The oversized, boxy silhouette is taken up a notch with unique ribbing, a side slit, and a faux-button detail down the back. As the designer notes, dressed up or down, this little gem can be worn with anything!

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(Photos: Classic Elite Yarns)

–  Melissa

New store sample: Vertices Unite

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Another Stephen West project hot off the needles! Vertices Unite is a modular, and therefore wonderfully motivating knit which pulls you along in bite-sized chunks until you’ve completed a very cozy and generously sized wrap with beautiful drape. We opted to keep our version subtle with Anzula’s Temperance (yellow) and SweetGeorgia’s Ultraviolet hues adding moderate pops of colour. As usual, Stephen’s pattern is clear and well-written and, although this is a fairly large project, the construction, colour interplay, and different methods used to pick-up stitches along the various angles kept it interesting and fun.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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–  Melissa 

Back in stock: Knitting tools and essentials from Cocoknits!

Shop Cocoknits Tools in our online store. Hurry, these items sell quickly…!


NEW! Yarn Snips

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This rustic, one-piece Yarn Snip is made of forged black steel and comes packaged in a kraft tube for easy portability and storage.  Please note these are snips, not scissors, and they are imperfectly hand-forged. They have a nice heft in the hand, and the good news is that no one is going to borrow them from your knitting kit – they are really only good for snipping yarn! 4″ in length.


NEW! Knitting Row Counter

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The Cocoknits Knitting Row Counter is constructed of high-quality, translucent polycarbonate for a clean, modern look. It is packaged in a kraft cylinder and includes a small cotton bag for storage. Windows magnify the numbers so you can clearly see which row you are on.

To count your rows:

  • Depress the top button to advance the numbers.
  • Reset the numbers by turning the side wheels.
  • Move the switch at the bottom to lock the row counter.

THE KNITTER’S KEEP

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Keep knitting accessories close at hand …

Are you tired of digging through the sofa cushions to find your stitch markers? Tired of holding your cable needle behind your ear (or with your teeth)? And where is that tapestry needle when you need it?

Problem solved.

A silicone slap bracelet fits any size wrist and sports a brushed steel-plated magnet. Nickel-plated accessories attach to the magnet to keep what you need where you need it most.

KIT INCLUDES:

  • One silicone slap bracelet in orange, green, blue or grey
  • 10 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8mm needles or smaller)
  • 2 cable needles (size US 1 / 2.5mm)
  • 2 curved-tip tapestry needles
  • One handy 100% cotton pouch to keep everything together in your knitting bag.

COLOURED OPENING STITCH MARKERS

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These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.


COLOURED STITCH MARKERS

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These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.


ASSORTED NICKEL STITCH MARKERS

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Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.

  • 20 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)

STITCH FIXER

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This handy little tool is a double-ended crochet hook that can be used to pick up dropped stitches and works for most of your knitting project repairs. The Stitch Fixer is made of nickel plated steel, sticks to your Knitter’s Keep and is always within reach!

Don’t forget – Julie Asselin is coming to visit us this Saturday

There are still a few spots left in what promises to be a fun and inspirational evening! Event details below…  Call 514-486-5648 to register.


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Please join us for an evening of colour, spontaneity and fun with Julie Asselin, one of our favourite Quebec indie hand-dyers!  Julie’s enthusiasm for her craft is infectious and her talent and exuberant personality have allowed her to develop a loyal following around the world.

Julie will be visiting Espace Tricot at the end of this month and we are so excited to spend an evening with her as she talks to us about her beginnings and her dying process. She will walk us through colour theory and share a trunk show of beautiful finished pieces.  Julie will also guide participants in the selection of yarns and colours for their next shawl project, providing advice and helpful tips along the way.

Come with a shawl pattern in mind and prepare to be inspired and delighted by Julie’s carefully curated yarn bases, gorgeous colourways, and charming personality!  Each participant will receive a special gift.

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: $60

Space is limited. Please call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot with a credit card.


Venez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée colorée et spontanée avec Julie Asselin, une de nos “teinturières” Québécoise préférée. L’enthousiasme de Julie pour son art est contagieux et son talent et sa personnalité exubérante lui ont permis de créer un suivi dans tout le monde.

Julie visitera Espace Tricot à la fin de ce mois et nous sommes très enthousiastes de pouvoir passer une soirée avec elle. Julie nous parlera de ses débuts et de son processus de teinture. Elle va nous familiariser avec la théorie de la couleur et nous montrer un éventail de ses belles pièces finies. Julie va guider les participants dans leurs choix de fils et de couleurs pour leur prochain châle en donnant des conseils et suggestions pour le processus.

Venez avec une idée de châle en tête et soyez prêts à être inspirés et enchantés par les bases choisies avec grande attention, les magnifiques couleurs et la personnalité charmante de Julie. Chaque participant recevra un cadeau.

Samedi 27 Février 2016
18h00 à 21h00
Coût: $60


A few projects knit with Julie’s yarns…

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(Photos: Alicia Plummer, Julie Asselin,  Elise Dupont , Ambah O’Brien)

Clockwise:
Campside by Alicia Plummer
Brigitte by Julie Asselin
Poivre & Sel by Elise Dupont
Allira by Ambah O’Brien

–  Melissa

New in store: Belle from ARTFIL!

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Before even texture and composition, colour is the main attraction of any yarn. Unfortunately, the process of dyeing fiber is not without environmental impact. In fact, it is estimated that almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Although there has been an increased interest in the development and use of natural dyes in recent years, even these require large quantities of water.

ARTFIL, a local company, has taken an innovative approach to addressing this problem and has perfected a technique for applying colour to yarn using “Air Dyeing Technology”. This process actually uses air instead of water to push dye into the fiber, allowing for the creation of vivid hues without polluting the environment. This AirDye technique has already been used for more than 10 years by companies such as Adidas. According to  independent research, this process uses up to 95% less water and up to 86% less energy, contributing 84% less to global warming!

When employing the AirDye technique, ARTFIL treats the yarn as a canvas and applies the diluted dye as if painting. The colour is built up in layers, sprayed with compressed air directly into the fiber. The yarn is later steamed in order to fix the color.

Lisa and I had a first opportunity to see the ARTFIL yarns at Vogue Knitting Live in New York in January and then took a trip to the ARTFIL studio in Laval, Quebec a few weeks later. We were so impressed by the process and the stunning ARTFIL colourways, we couldn’t wait to add some to our shelves. We’re happy to share that our first order, Belle, arrived last week! Belle is the perfect sock yarn blend – 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. One skein is enough to complete a pair of socks while two will create a beautiful and generously sized lace shawl.
 Machine washable and versatile, Belle is suitable for all fingering weight projects.

ARTFIL yarns are spun and coloured in Quebec, Canada!

Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Phoebe

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(Photos: Josée Paquin)

Phoebe by Josée Paquin is a gorgeous and chic new scarf / wrap pattern perfect for stash-busting or for incorporating those beautiful mini-skeins you may have been collecting (because they’re irresistible!) without a specific project in mind.  The designer used two skeins in two different shades of gray and 6 gradient mini-skeins for this sample but, as she notes, the colour combinations are truly endless!

To complete this project, you will need approximately 550 metres of fingering (or Sport weight) yarn in 2 colours (275 metres per colour) and approximately 38 metres each in six different contrasting colours.

For a colourful version, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails would be stunning. If you prefer something more along the lines of the original monochromatic version shown above, why not ARTFIL Belle or SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine or Tough Love Sock paired with Julie Asselin’s Leizu Gradient Kits?

– Melissa

Just added to class schedule…

We’ve just added a great new cowl workshop and a gorgeous sweater class to our Winter course schedule. Both of these patterns are knit with the newly arrived Funky Chunky yarn from The Third Piece.

If your wardrobe is begging for some statement pieces, call us at 514-486-5648 to register.:-)


WORKSHOP: BOWERY COWL (Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault

$45 for one 3-hour session
Tuesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, March 8

This cowl has had everyone in the store stopping to try it on, not only does the cowl look great but it’s a fun knit as well! Join us in learning new techniques to make this great statement piece. In this workshop you will master all the steps needed to complete the project. Required materials: 2 balls of Funky Chunky yarn, needles required to meet gauge, pattern. Pre-requisite: Advanced beginner.


CARINA SWEATER (Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault

$60 for two 2-hour sessions
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, March 15, 22


This fun quick knit is a great transitional project as we approach the end of winter. In this two week class you will learn how to knit all the pieces for this sweater and how to seam it together. Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to tackle a sweater or is looking for an instant-gratification project! Required materials: 4 balls of Funky Chunky yarn, needles required to meet gauge, pattern. Pre-requisite: Advanced beginner.

–  Melissa

An evening with Julie Asselin!

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Please join us for an evening of colour, spontaneity and fun with Julie Asselin, one of our favourite Quebec indie hand-dyers!  Julie’s enthusiasm for her craft is infectious and her talent and exuberant personality have allowed her to develop a loyal following around the world.

Julie will be visiting Espace Tricot at the end of this month and we are so excited to spend an evening with her as she talks to us about her beginnings and her dying process. She will walk us through colour theory and share a trunk show of beautiful finished pieces.  Julie will also guide participants in the selection of yarns and colours for their next shawl project, providing advice and helpful tips along the way.

Come with a shawl pattern in mind and prepare to be inspired and delighted by Julie’s carefully curated yarn bases, gorgeous colourways, and charming personality!  Each participant will receive a special gift.

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: $60

Space is limited. Please call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot with a credit card.


Venez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée colorée et spontanée avec Julie Asselin, une de nos “teinturières” Québécoise préférée. L’enthousiasme de Julie pour son art est contagieux et son talent et sa personnalité exubérante lui ont permis de créer un suivi dans tout le monde.

Julie visitera Espace Tricot à la fin de ce mois et nous sommes très enthousiastes de pouvoir passer une soirée avec elle. Julie nous parlera de ses débuts et de son processus de teinture. Elle va nous familiariser avec la théorie de la couleur et nous montrer un éventail de ses belles pièces finies. Julie va guider les participants dans leurs choix de fils et de couleurs pour leur prochain châle en donnant des conseils et suggestions pour le processus.

Venez avec une idée de châle en tête et soyez prêts à être inspirés et enchantés par les bases choisies avec grande attention, les magnifiques couleurs et la personnalité charmante de Julie. Chaque participant recevra un cadeau.

Samedi 27 Février 2016
18h00 à 21h00
Coût: $60


A few projects knit with Julie’s yarns…

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(Photos: Alicia Plummer, Julie Asselin,  Elise Dupont , Ambah O’Brien)

Clockwise:
Campside by Alicia Plummer
Brigitte by Julie Asselin
Poivre & Sel by Elise Dupont
Allira by Ambah O’Brien

–  Melissa

Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 59 now in!

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Magazine 59 is here and there are two stories for the Spring/Summer 2016 collection, ‘Coastal’ and ‘Kyoto’. Coastal is a collection of wearable designs for both men and women, whereas Kyoto is an elegant collection of womenswear, inspired by all things Japanese. The Coastal collection features simple pieces as well as cables and textures inspired by Coastal knitting such as fishermens ganseys but with a modern twist. Kyoto offers stunning lace and colourwork in bright shades as well as crochet pieces.

Click here to preview!

–  Melissa

Great pattern books – just re-stocked

We love these pattern books and they are constant favourites with our customers – fresh and modern and so beautiful to look at!  All, newly re-stocked. Only available in store.

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Home and Away by Hannah Fettig features nine versatile patterns, designed for knitters of all skill levels. Each sweater pattern includes two sets of instructions: you can choose to knit seamless or with seams. In addition, Home & Away is full of information to help you increase your knowledge and skill, with articles on gauge, fit, understanding a pattern, yarn substitution, and MORE! Beautifully photographed along the coast of Maine, this book will serve you both inspirationally and practically in your endeavors to grow as a knitter. 

Click here to preview.


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Knit With Me is a collection of 12 designs by Gudrun Johnston in collaboration with Quince & Co. A mother & daughter collection. 

Click here to preview.


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Knitbot Essentials is a collection of six popular Hannah Fettig designs paired with three of her must have accessories.

Click here to preview.


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Knitbot Linen features six unstructured knits designed and knit in Quince & Co. Sparrow.  Inside the book you’ll find five garment and one accessory patterns.  I share my tips on knitting with linen, and Pam talks about the Sparrow color palette. 

Click here to preview.


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Knitbot Yoked is a collection of four modern round-yoke sweater patterns and two accessories. Hannah Fettig provides valuable tips and techniques for knitting round-yokes from the top down. This book also serves as an introduction to Fair Isle knitting.

Click here to preview.


 

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Knitwear designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig are two friends living on opposite ends of the United States. They have come together to produce Coastal Knits, a compilation of ten fresh designs inspired by Alana’s California and Hannah’s Maine coastlines. Each design captures the essence of their favorite local destinations, and is accompanied by photographs and essays on the location’s special meaning to the designer. It is a personal, inspiration-based collection of sweaters and accessories that knitters of all levels will appreciate.

Click here to preview.

– Melissa

Tanis Fiber Arts – Green Label Aran & Yellow Label DK re-stocked!

We just received a delivery of Yellow Label and Green Label from Tanis Fiber Arts and everything is now up on our shelves and available in our online store!

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Yellow Label – A true double knitting weight yarn. Super soft and easy to care for. Ideal for colour work, cables or lace, really suitable for just about anything. Machine washable and dryable.

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Green Label – A wonderful 100% superwash merino aran weight yarn with a soft, bouncy quality. Great for winter accessories and kids clothes that see lots of wear! Machine washable and dryable.

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts yarns in our online store!

–  Melissa

How cool is this?! New in store – the Gleener FURniture Brush

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Many of you, like us, are huge fans of the The Gleener – a highly effective weapon against unsightly pills, lint and pet hair.  So what do all of you pet-lovers think of this great new add-on feature? The Gleener FURniture Brush retrieves surface & embedded pet hair from furniture, car interiors and other upholstered surfaces. It also doubles as a pet groomer; give your cat or dog a gentle rub down to remove excess fur and minimize its transfer to upholstered surfaces in the first place.

Simply pop it on your Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover* and kiss fluff, fuzz, and fur goodbye.

  • Electrostatic brush with textured bristles withdraws embedded pet hair, like a magnet.
  • Ingenious design attaches to the Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover, with a built-in lint brush to finish up the job.
  • The system’s ergonomic handle and angled brush ensure fast & efficient fur removal.
  • Clean up is a cinch; the FURniture Brush is top-rack dishwasher-safe, or just rinse it with warm soapy water to remove dander and pet hair build-up.
  • The FURniture Brush works great on pets too! Use it to groom and massage your favorite furry friend.

* Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover sold separately.

SHOP the Gleener FURniture Brush in our online store!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Bosc Pear (+ Leizu Nuances from Julie Asselin!)

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The lovely Bosc Pear shawl by Tetiana Otruta is an asymmetric triangular shawl / scarf worked sideways with eyelet stripes and textured edge. The subtle colour changes enhance the texture and lend a sophisticated flare. The pattern is provided in one size but is easily adjustable – finished measurements: 59” (150 cm) wingspan and 20” (50 cm) deep at the widest point. Pattern is written and charted.

Julie Asselin’s popular Leizu base (90% merino, 10% silk) is now available in a fingering weight yarn and we’ve just received a beautiful collection of luminous Leizu Nuances gradient kits in this quality (total yardage = 485 m / 525 y). We think the pairing of the Bosc Pear pattern and these kits are a match made in knitter heaven…:-)


SHOP Leizu Nuances in our online store!

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Manoir

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Aroha

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Oasis

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Souvenirs

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Vendanges

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–  Melissa

Now in store: Funky Chunky from The Third Piece!

Funky Chunky from The Third Piece is a premium ultra soft chunky merino wool perfect for stunning (and quick!) hand-knit accessories.  We discovered this yarn and the dramatic supporting patterns a few weeks ago at Vogue Knitting Live and are thrilled to now be carrying it in store. I’ve already knit the Kendall Hat and the Bowery Cowl and both are available in store to try on. Next up is the Bowery Vest!  We will be offering workshops for the Bowery Vest and Cowl as well as the Carina sweater soon – stay tuned for details!

Shop Funky Chunky yarn in our online store.

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Free Patterns

The following patterns are available as FREE downloads from the Ravelry website. Click images to access.

The Beacon

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The Kendall

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The Beacon Mitts

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The Soho Hat

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The Soho Headpiece

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Paid Patterns

The following are paid patterns and are only available as hard-copies through the store. Please call us if you’d like to purchase and we’ll pop it in the mail right away – 514 486-5648.

The New Yorker Scarf

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The Carina Sweater

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The Bowery Vest

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The Bowery Cowl

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–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan

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I love every single panel of Norah’s Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan. This pattern began as a block of the month club but is now entirely available as a free PDF download. The blanket is made up of 20 different blocks worked in 5 beautiful colors creating a stunning autumnal ode to cables. Being a minimalist at heart, I envision knitting this up in a single colour and letting the texture speak for itself. And just like that, she added another project to her queue….:-)

Shop Berroco Vintage in our online store.

–  Melissa

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(Photos: Berroco)

Current obsession…Chasing Rainbows

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We’ve just placed an order for Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibers (yes! more on that soon), an Irish artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio located in Co. Cork, Ireland. As I was perusing owner / hand-dyer Beata Jezek’s projects on Ravelry, I saw this stunning shawl and was instantly smitten.  The pattern is Chasing Rainbows by Boo Knits; Beata knit it with a laceweight silk and mohair blend. Needless to say, I will be casting this on with Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in Candy Girl tout de suite, ’cause I’m a copycat like that.:-)

Shop Kidsilk Haze.

–  Melissa

Scarves, etc. 5 from Quince & Co.

Quince & Co. has just released a beautiful new collection of scarf, cowl, and shawl patterns!

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From the Quince & Co. wesbsite:

Scarves, etc 5 is here! This year, our annual collection of scarves, cowls, and shawls features 10 patterns from designers Noriko Ho, Peg Blechman, Ann Klimpert, Bethany Hick, Angela Tong, Jennine Birrell, Ela Torrente, Lesley Anne Robinson, and Andrea Mowry. Showcasing a variety of yarns, weights and styles—from Piper to Owl, lace to colorwork—Scarves, etc 5 has an accessory for any occasion.

Individual patterns are available for $5.50 US each or purchase entire 10 pattern collection for just $19 US.

View pattern collection.
Shop Quince & Co. yarns in our online store.

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(All photos: Quince & Co.)

–  Melissa